Took a lot to be able to come over to the site today to post my thoughts, but I won't go into hiding for the offseason regardless. I'll keep it brief though.
Team showed up and played hard. Played well enough to win. I was very proud of the effort put forth, especially in light of the recent perfomances by this team.
Probably couldve tried to exploit their secondary a little more, but for the first time in a long time the running game was working so I'm not too frustrated with lack of going deep more. Jones played well and reassured me he is our #1 RB.
Carpenter finally came into his own which is a nice surprise since he's been a bit of a disappointment up until the last month or so of the season. He looks like he will be a big contributor next season.
James and Williams continue to get killed by the long pass over the middle. Gotta correct that. In light of that, I wouldnt be surprised if Zimmer is gone next season.
Officiating was overall, decent, a little too ticky tacky for me, but I cant argue too much. The reversal of the Witten spot at the end is frustrating only because spotting the ball is so subjective. Yes, the original spot looked favorable to Dallas, but theres no way there is "indisputable" and "conclusive" evidence to say it was exactly at the 1 and a half yard line. But such is life and whats done is done.
Of course the Romo blunder is gut wrenching, and it will bother me all season. But I truly like the kid, and think he's going to be a special player in this league. He went into a hostile enviornment in the playoffs. His 11th overall start and first playoff one. And he played well enough to win. He protected to the ball much better than the last few weeks. Didnt make any regrettable plays. I was satisfied with his performance all in all.
The bobbled hold is something that happens. I'm not surprised it happened to my Cowboys. Seems that we can never get out of spotlight. Whether good or terribly bad. What can you do. Life as a Cowboys fan.
As for the team, as previously stated, I can see this as Zimmer's last season. But he may come back, depending on what shakes out with other available coaches.
As for Owens, well, its sort of tied to Parcells. I see Parcells coming back for one more year. In most part because of Romo. He gives Parcells hope at the spot which Parcells loves most. And he's put together a nice group of talent which, if playing to potential, can make a serious run to the Super Bowl. Especially in a very mediocre NFC. With another draft full of picks, and a boat load of cash under the salary cap, he can add the pieces he feels are necessary to make the next step. I'd be somewhat surprised if he is NOT back on the sidelines in 2007.
That being said, I think when he does have this meeting with Jones about his future, he will make it clear, it not so many words, that Owens cannot be a part of this team. That dynamic should be interesting. But if push comes to shove, it will be Parcells, not Owens, in Dallas in 2007.
Address the offensive line, upgrade the WR's (presuming T.O. is not back), get some more depth at CB, a decent backup QB, and another pass rusher to pair with Ware, and things could be very nice in Dallas next season.
I back this team, and especially Parcells, 100%. They had an up and down season, and sure I am down, and will be a for a while. But I have really taken a liking to this team and with the right changes and a return of Parcells, it could be a special year in 2007.
As for the rest of the playoffs, Seattle will get trounced by whoever they play next week. And no, thats not the bitter me speaking. The emotional high of this game, coupled with all the injuries, as well as this team just not being anything more than above average, and being on the road, spells doom next week. Especially if its at Chicago. I cant see them putting up more than 10.
As for today, I like the Giants in an upset, I have no clue why. They really have no shot, but thats why I like them. New England will win.
Baltimore and New Orleans in the Super Bowl.
Happy playoffs everyone. I know youre all happy now that Dallas is out.
I had another great season of bantering with my most hated rivals.